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Old 02-26-2001, 11:59 AM   #3
Dan Hover
Dojo: Bond Street Dojo/Aikido of Greater Milwaukee
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 132
yes Lee and Jackie Chan are both rather influnetial especially in recent years, and Yes TKD and karate have the numbers to make this even more of a moot point. Lee was able to bring about a change due to his films and his rather charismatic way about himself. And yes I was being vague in my definition of influence too, but that was on purpose. Judo being spread to the West was due to SAC commanders who instituted the study of Judo for airmen and air police units for SAC both in Japan and here in the U.S.. I will check on the Karate spread, but i imagine they share a similar growth in so far as being practiced by allied servicemen stationed in Japan Post WWII and brought it back to their parent countries.

Dan Hover

of course that's my opinion, I could be wrong
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